Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Taras Boulba is the perfect session beer loaded with complex yeast flavors, hopped to perfection, and as drinkable as any beer youve ever tried. At 4.5% alcohol, its built for drinkability we suggest buying it by the case.

Youre no doubt wondering where the name comes from and what the hell the foreign text says. Its all been explained to us by the brewers, but were still not entirely clear about it. What we can understand is that a young Flemish man has gone and married a French-speaking Wallonian girl, and his father, Taras Boulba, is very angry. (Smeirlap means fool in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow.)

This is all a bastardization of the original story by Gogol, whose protagonist was Ukrainian (Zaporozhian Cossack, specifically), and a Protestant. His son marries a Polish girl, a Catholic, during the religious war between the two countries in the 1600s, and the Ukrainian father simply kills his son to eliminate the shame.

Packaging: 330ml bottles; 6/750ml cork-finished champagne bottles, 30L kegs

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMomma (226) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2010
Draft. Cloudy yellow, white head. Aroma of fresh flowery hops and some slight parfume notes. Taste is malty with a dry hopbitter aftertaste. Decent belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5704) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle 33cl. A yellow cloudy beer with almost no head. Smell is on yeast and apricot. Aroma is on malt and hoppy on grass side, not too heavy on bitterness. Finish is very long and nice with a great bitterness taste and notes of fruits. Good beer and yes quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2343) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2010
33 cl bottle, Brussels, Belgium recommended by Beer Mania owner. Hazy golden, fresh citrus aroma with a bright warming bitterness. Grapefruit and pineapple that warms on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plovmand (7983) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2010
Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is spicy hops, slight sour touch and fruit. The flavour is very bitter and hoppy with notes of grape fruit, light acid, citrus and light yeasty spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13904) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy yellow color with medium white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy tart citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Pours light golden with a mostly receding white head. Notes of herbal, dry malt, light resin, biscuit, and pale malt. Medium bodied and lightly resinous with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle at home. Poours out yellow-golden. Big white head, that holds maybe just not long enough. Nice spiced, little sour-sweet smell. First taste is a bit sour-sweet, to change to more biterness. Hoppy, and not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2010
head: small
colour: hazy/light white/yellow
smell: hop, yeast , wheats , water
taste: bitter, very hopy , wheats , touch of violets, citric peel , dry end and a bit watery , with grainy aftertaste , reminds me very much of a whitebeer !
but overall didnt like this beer so much ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 9, 2010
Bottled 33cl. Ordered from www.bierkompass.de. It pours a hazy yellow beer with a nicely lasting lacing white head. Deeply inviting aroma of lovely hops, sweat, melon and citrus fruit. Some wild strawberries and coconut sneaking in. Good bitterness. Peppery. Light bodied. Extremely refreshing. Perfect balance. Yeasty. Long dry hoppy finish which is reminiscent of melon, citrus fruit and hops. Some similarities with Ranke XX bitter. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philippem (105) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
Banane, cuir, herbes de la vieille campagne; texture cremeuse..... Une tres bonne biere que le Ipod-touch mempeche de commenter davAtange...

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